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Studies

Gorchoff et al. (2008): study US Alameda County, California 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Gorchoff, S.M.; Helson, R.; John, O.P.
Title:
Contextualizing Change in Marital Satisfaction during Middle Age.
Source:
Psychological Science, 2008, Vol. 19, 1194 - 1200.

Investigation

Public:
43-61 aged, married women, Berekley, United States, followed 18years from 1981-1999
Survey name:
HBSC 2001/2002
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 72
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
3 assessments: T1: when most of the women still had children at home (early 40s) T2: when some but not all had empty nests (early 50s) T3: when virtually all had empty nests (early 60s)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

I feel my life is moving well
1  not at all
2
3  very much so
Classification:
O-V-u-sq-v-3-a
Page in publication:
1196

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Transition to an empty nest Leaving home of children (empty nest)